Say no to cor­rup­tion

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - OPINION -

I am writ­ing to ex­press my views on the is­sue of cor­rup­tion in to­day’s so­ci­ety.

I be­lieve cor­rup­tion is one means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, which I will ex­plain fur­ther based on my ob­ser­va­tions.

I am a fe­male of African de­scent from a so­ci­ety where cor­rup­tion is power. Power in my coun­try can fetch wealth, cer­tifi­cates, jobs, fam­ily, friends and, most im­por­tantly, con­nec­tions.

Con­nec­tions are de­fined as re­la­tion­ships in which a per­son, thing, or idea is linked or as­so­ci­ated with some­thing else.

But in the so­ci­ety I grew up in, it seems to be a dif­fer­ent prac­tice where con­nec­tion is mostly re­placed with cor­rup­tion. For ex­am­ple, in the gov­ern­ment the mostly elected mem­bers are peo­ple from rich back­grounds who are only en­ti­tled to run for seats. Like­wise, the area of jobs the top po­si­tioned peo­ple in big es­tab­lish­ments are re­lated in one way or an­other with the pre­vi­ous peo­ple at the top. Mean­while the less in­flu­en­tial mem­bers are left be­hind.

Again, cor­rup­tion plays an im­por­tant role in the area of ed­u­ca­tion. This is seen when a teacher is re­lated to a stu­dent. The in­di­vid­ual might try to pro­vide some ex­tra as­sis­tance to main­tain the re­la­tion­ship.

Cor­rup­tion also plays a huge role with fam­ily and friends. This is seen when you are from an in­flu­en­tial fam­ily and you are ex­pected to have a higher stan­dard of liv­ing. In many cases, if you don’t live up to the wealth, they will try to in­fringe on other’s pri­vacy and com­fort zone to im­press their so­ci­ety and en­vi­ron­ment.

Which should not be so, be­cause we are all en­ti­tled to be suc­cess­ful and build re­la­tion­ships with peo­ple and our en­vi­ron­ment.

I am writ­ing to urge peo­ple to work hard for their po­si­tions and say no to cor­rup­tion and its power of con­nec­tion. I be­lieve and urge read­ers to vote and put your hands to­gether and work to make our so­ci­ety a bet­ter place.

Obi Ifey­inwa Clare St. Catharines

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